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Does Intense Gaming Cause Arrhythmias?

Sep 25, 2019 07:28 AM By Johnny Vatican

If you heart skips a beat, best be sure it’s because of love and not a heart arrhythmia. But if you’re playing an intense video game, better not get all that worked up to avoid an arrhythmia and a lethal cardiac arrest or heart attack.

A research letter published on Sept. 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the cases of three young boys between the ages of 10 and 15 that fainted or lost consciousness due to the intense excitement in the violent video games they were playing.

An arrhythmia manifests in an irregular heartbeat that’s either too fast or too slow. A too fast heart rate (above 100 beats per minute in adults) is called tachycardia. A too slow heart rate (below 60 beats per minute) is called bradycardia.

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